AirPods are Apple's first ever completely wireless earphones, and they were released in 2017. They are compatible with all iPhones and iPod Touch models running iOS 10 or later. They are also compatible with Apple Watch models running watchOS 3.0 or later. It is compatible with many other Bluetooth devices such as laptops, PCs, smartphones, and tablets but in a limited capacity. AirPods can work as standard Bluetooth earphones with any Bluetooth 4.0 device.
The iPhone features a Lightning Port, and not USB Type-C. The Lightning Port might look similar to a USB Type-C port due to its symmetrical shape but is quite different. Apple sells a Lightning to Micro USB Adapter for Rs. 2,499 in India and in the US.
The display quality of iPhones is generally very good, among the very best in terms of brightness and color accuracy, be those LCD or OLED screens. As of November 2018, the iPhone XS and XS Max are considered to have the best OLED smartphone screens in the market, slightly edging past color accuracy on Samsung's flagship smartphones for the same year.
Siri is Apple's artificial intelligence (AI) powered voice assistant that can be used to search for relevant information such as calendar entries, sports score, time, weather, and more. It can also be used for text dictation, voice typing, and perform various tasks, including calling or messaging a person as well as reminding a task. You can access Siri by long pressing the home button (on iPads/iPod Touch/iPhones with a physical home button) or by long-pressing the power button (on iPads/iPhones without a home button).
Reliance Jio is offering a 5% cashback on a 24-month EMI scheme for the iPhone XR in India.
Apple phones can perform faster and last longer than similarly-specced Android smartphones due to the way iOS is built. iOS is exclusively built for Apple's iPhones and iPads, which means Apple has greater control over both hardware and software, so it can optimise software in a much better way. Moreover, it is developed using low-level languages such as C, C++, Objective C and Swift, which make iPhones (and iPads/iPod Touch) comparatively faster and more battery efficient. Since iOS is so closed (or controlled in nature), not many apps and service can run in the background, so Apple devices make do with lower RAM compared to Android devices. Both Apple and Android devices have their advantages and disadvantages.
Apple Pay is an NFC-based mobile payment solution which is available in iPhones and Apple Watch devices. Later, Apple also added the digital wallet functionality to Apple Pay. Apple Pay compatible iPhones and Apple Watches can be used to make payments at stores with compatible NFC-equipped point of sale (PoS) machines or payment terminals in stores as well as at online stores that support Apple Pay. It is compatible with American Express, MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay This payment service is currently not available in India.
Some of the best iPhone cases are made by Apple, Caseology, Mujjo, Olixar, Otterbox, Speck, Spigen, and XDoria (not arranged in any particular quality order). Apple's cases have a classic look but they're quite costly. Caseology has nicely designed cases but not officially available in India. Mujjo makes the best leather cases for iPhones. Olixar has a few good cases like Carbon Fibre and Helix Sleek 360. Otterbox makes the best rugged cases for iPhones, including Defender, Pursuit and Symmetry.
As of November 2018, the iPhone 7 is the cheapest Apple smartphone available worldwide, and its 32GB storage variant is the most affordable version.
Apple smartphones are known for brand recognition, excellent performance, long-term software support, and good after-sales service quality. Apple devices are a symbol for premiumness and quality. They are one of the best performers in terms of processing, UI consistency and smoothness, camera quality and screen quality. Apple supports its phones for as long as five years through free-of-charge iOS updates. Hence they carry the expensive price tags without any problem.
As of November 2018, the iPhone XS Max is the best iPhone. If you want to save some cash and still get most of the features of the iPhone XS Max, you should look at the iPhone XR. The iPhone XR has similar build quality and performance (CPU & GPU speed, storage speed, camera, loudspeakers, and battery life) but a lower resolution LCD screen, a much cheaper price tag, and a more sensible 128GB storage option. If you're looking at even lower-priced iPhones, the iPhone 8 Plus might serve most of your needs as it has great build quality, decent cameras, fast fingerprint reader, dust and water resistance, and long battery life.
The Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR are Apple's latest smartphones for 2018. All these phones were announced in September 2018 and released in a few weeks time.
As of November 2018, iOS 12 is Apple's latest version of mobile operating system. Some of its best features are faster performance, Group FaceTime (audio and video calls), grouped notifications, Screen Time (a feature to cut down on screen time and improve digital wellbeing) and Siri Shortcuts.
Both Android and iOS (for iPhones) have their advantages and disadvantages. Android is a lot more flexible and open, and comes with newer features at a faster pace than iOS. iOS, on the other hand, is a lot more controlled and a limited in functionality, but it is also faster and more efficient in comparison to Android, and offers long-term software support. iOS also offers tight integration with macOS, AirPods, and other Apple products and services. It all comes down to preferences.
The newest iPhones, as of November 2018, are the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR. They were released in September 2018. The next iPhones will be released in August or September 2018, and they might feature even more secure Face ID system, faster processors, and better screens.